Emily Duggan changed her smart office outfit for a racing driver outfit four years ago and has since been fiercely marking the way for women in motor sport.
The 27-year-old made history as the first woman to get behind the wheel in the Toyota 86 Series at the Super Sprint held in Tailem Bend, 97 km southeast of Adelaide, last weekend.
The achievement was proof that her decision to change her life to leave her career as an executive assistant was well worth the risk.
The confessed author rev-head said she thrived on the speed-induced thrill of coming face to face with the country's fastest young drivers in three races on the new five-kilometer circuit.
Emily Duggan (pictured at the wheel) changed her elegant office for a racing driver outfit four years ago and has since been fiercely marking the way for women in motor sport.
Speaking with Daily Mail Australia, Duggan said he had never felt so at home as flying around the track at speeds of up to 215 km / h in a car he practically built on his own.
Gathering her own vehicle, affectionately called Lulu, was crucial because it meant she could detect a pop anywhere in the car through a sensation in her buttocks, Duggan said.
"I drive with my butt, through your butt you can feel all the tires, it's the weirdest thing!" In a spin, I can feel the wheels slipping with my butt first.
She said that having a team that makes hard courts would not allow such awareness, and doubt was not a feeling she could afford to entertain given how technical the sport was.
The 27-year-old driver (pictured above pit lane) made history as the first woman to get behind the wheel in the Toyota 86 Series at the Maiden SuperSprint held at Tailem Bend last weekend
"If someone else builds the car, they will not always know exactly what they are getting, so I want to put myself in the best possible position to get those results."
"I love getting my hands dirty, I love everything related to cars and I feel like a great driver, the more you know about how an automobile works and what it implies, the better driver it can be."
Being a woman in a male-dominated sport had obviously separated her from her competitors, but the star driver said it was something she barely thought about twice.
"The only thing that is different is that I go to the bathrooms to change, everyone else simply puts their athletes in. That's the only difference," he said.
"I wish there was more chivalry on the track, like ladies first, but unfortunately not."
While winning the 86th Contest has become Duggan's first business order (pictured on Townsville Street Circuit), he expected to be able to enter the V8 Supercars soon.
Duggan (pictured with her car, Lulu) said that being a woman in a men's camp was something that barely gave her a second thought
When Duggan saved enough money to enter the expensive world of racing, he kept it a secret for a while, telling his friends that the savings were for a deposit in a house.
Little did they know that she would soon become one of Australia's top ladies in motor sport, winning several podiums, including a one-hour endurance race win in the NS3 Series X3 category at the V8 Touring Car event. 2016
Driving in a race car has by no means been a cheap sport to get involved in: Duggan said he spent at least $ 60,000 on the preparation of his first Toyota 86 Racing Series.
"One hundred percent was worth it, I'm always learning, even when the weekend is not my way, I'm taking many lessons," he said.
"Most of these guys have been running for three years, but this is just my first and second run, so you really have to remember that."
When Duggan saved enough to enter the expensive world of racing, he kept it a secret for a while, telling his friends that the savings were for a deposit in a home.
The Toyota 86 series is designed to offer an affordable introduction to racing using a slightly modified version of the company's 86-road model.
Although he missed the podium in the race weekend, Duggan said he expected be able to enter the V8 Supercars in the not too distant future.
"If I can get really good results in the next race". I will probably do another year of 86 to sharpen everything, then I will raise the level, but everything depends on sponsorship. "
After his first big weekend of 86 races, he said he will increase his time in the gym and increase his mental game with the help of a professional.
"I have a mental trainer who has come on board this year just to make sure I'm mentally ready for these races, because these guys compete hard and are competitive."
The Toyota 86 series has been designed to offer an affordable introduction to racing using a slightly modified version of the company's 86-road model (Duggan imagines behind the wheel)
Many would consider it discouraging to be in a field of 38 runners, all with the common goal of getting pole position, but that was definitely not the case with Duggan.
"I think if I was afraid, I should not be out there, for some reason, I feel so safe in the car and I think it's the fact that we have to have certain safety measures in place."
Your message to other women who think about motor sport is that they should "do it", but make sure it is 100% of what they wanted to do.
"I hate that I did not enter before … I thought it was a children's sport, I always thought I wanted to do it, but I never did anything about it."
"If you want to do it, make sure that the 100 percent you want to do it before you actually do it, it's a big investment, you have to be committed and dedicated, and I really want it."
Her message to other women who thought about motor sport was that they had to "do it" (Duggan photographed the passenger motorcycle pilot Troy Bayliss with a bicycle team)